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Publisher Comments:

When the lights go dim and you're sitting in the dark with your popcorn...that's the magic time that Ruby Miller loves best. And then the music creeps in, and the lion roars, or maybe the moon kid goes fishing...

For Ruby, age twelve and a half, movies are better than real life. The ones she writes, why, those are the best of all. Those stories work out. The dads in her movies always show up when they've promised. The moms don't hold onto secrets. The little brothers don't curl up with sorrow over some missing stuffed animal. All right, it's Ruby's fault he's missing...

But the terrible red-painted graffiti on the concrete riverbanks — is that her fault, too? She's blamed for it. And here she is on a chain gang with two stupid classmates — the Dumb and Dumber of Hayes Middle School — doing community service to make up for it.

If she were writing the script, the setup would be intriguing, the middle exciting, and the ending a complete and happy surprise. She has seven pages ready for Spielberg. But then, real life keeps interrupting.

Theresa Nelson's novel is an Oscar-worthy wonder, starring a cast easy to care about and impossible to forget.

Review:

"Punctuated by snippets of Ruby?s scripts, the present-tense narrative positively fizzes with emotion and goodwill....Thumbs up." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Theresa Nelson has written six other books for young readers — and at least six as of yet unproduced screenplays. Four of her novels have been cited as Best Books of the Year by School Library Journal: The 25c Miracle, And One for All, The Beggars' Ride, and Earthshine, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book. She lives in Sherman Oaks, California, and is married to actor Kevin Cooney. They are the parents of three grown sons.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780689838521
Author:
Nelson, Theresa
Publisher:
Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
California
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Family - Parents
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Subject:
Lifestyles - City Life
Subject:
Single-parent families
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Family
Subject:
Juvenile materials
Subject:
Lifestyles - City & Town Life
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Atheneum Hardcover
Series:
Richard Jackson Books
Series Volume:
10194
Publication Date:
June 2003
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Children/juvenile
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f/c jacket
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 14.77 oz
Age Level:
10-12

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